Around The Co-op

Jeff Sloan Retires

Jeff Sloan, Nodak crew foreman for Finley, N.D., recently retired from the cooperative after 33 years of service. Jeff started in 1989 with the former Sheyenne Valley Electric Cooperative and continued his employment with Nodak following the merger in 2000. He was promoted from journeyman lineworker to lead lineworker and crew foreman, a position he held until his retirement.

Dwight Mosher Retires

Dwight Mosher, electrical equipment operator with the construction crew, has retired after 17 years with Nodak. Dwight started at the cooperative in 2005 with the underground crew, where he operated a trencher and removed electrical line equipment. He then transferred to the construction crew where he removed overhead lines, hauled cable and repaired transformers.

Thank you, Dwight and Jeff, for your service and commitment to the cooperative.  We wish you all the best in your retirement.

Graduating lineworker apprentices

The North Dakota Association of Rural Electric Cooperatives (NDAREC) is proud to announce the graduation of 13 lineworkers from its apprenticeship program. Over the last 60 years, more than 725 people have completed the program. To graduate, apprentices must complete 8,000 hours of on-the-job training and more than 400 hours of study.

On Jan. 13, NDAREC hosted a graduation ceremony to formally recognize lineworkers who completed the apprenticeship program in 2021. Congratulations to Nodak’s graduates (below), who are now journeyman lineworkers for the cooperative!

Trent Edens
Journeyman Lineworker
Cavalier crew
Brock Janikowski
Journeyman Lineworker
Grafton crew
Jesse Sturman
Journeyman Lineworker
Grand Forks crew

Employee updates

Sawyer Smith has accepted the position of crew foreman in Finley, N.D., with the retirement of Jeff Sloan. Sawyer started with Nodak as a seasonal apprentice lineworker with the Michigan construction crew, and was later promoted to journeyman lineworker with Nodak’s Finley crew. A Larimore, N.D. native, Sawyer is a graduate of Bismarck State College’s lineworker program. He enjoys spending time with his family, watching NDSU football and hunting. Sawyer resides in Finley with his family.

Jacob LundJake Lund, a Grand Forks native, started with Nodak as a seasonal lineworker with the Cavalier crew and recently accepted a full-time position. He went to lineworker school at Northwest Lineman College in Idaho. Jake enjoys all outdoor activities and DIY projects. He plans to live in Cavalier.

Jordan Johnson, a Cooperstown, N.D. native, started with Nodak as a seasonal apprentice lineworker with the Grand Forks crew. He is a graduate of Bismarck State College’s lineworker program. He has recently accepted a full-time apprentice lineworker position with Nodak’s Finley crew. Jordan will reside in the Finley area.